Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Catedral de la manquita

Catedral de la manquita
The Cathedral of Malaga from the year 1487, and is built on the lot of the former Mosque Aljama by the Catholic Kings Isabel and Fernando, just a few days after the conquest of Malaga.
The construction of the cathedral took more than two centuries, from the second half of the 16th century to the third part of the 18th century, which explains the interesting combination of styles. A Gothic style in the lowest part, during the Renaissance one of the temple doors and a baroque style in the decoration of the lintels and the façade.
The choir from the 17th century is extraordinary. 40 of 58 wooden figures carved by the famous sculptor Pedro de Mena. The magnificent organ, built by Julian de la Orden in 1871, are highly valued by musical experts because of the excellent engineering and phenomenal musical quality.
In the year 1782 was an end to the long construction process, with nogsteeds first tower until today has not been reduced. The work was completed by royal command when the tower was half built. The money, which was intended for the construction of the second tower, was used to Victims of Earthquake in Mobile, supporting America
For this reason, this Cathedral was given the nickname "La Manquita" (the little one-armed woman).


The structure of the Cathedral of Malaga is based on massive pillars, made using materials from the Sierra de Mijas and El Torcal in Antequera .. The lower part of these pillars have been decorated to the first platform, from there, the pillars have a square form, which is in direct connection with the roof. The roof consists mainly of arches and round shapes.
The Basilica consists of 3 rooms, each with the same height of 41.79 meters, however, the middle one is wider than the other 2 rooms.
One of the most beautiful rooms in the Cathedral is the majestic chapel "Capilla Mayor" which is the work of Diego de Vergara. This Chapel is half round with walls and high windows, closed with a semicircular roof which gives a spacious impression.
It's definitely worth it to go visit.
10:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday.From 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday.Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

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